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david begnaud has the the latest. >> this afternoon the florida department of health handed out free bug repellant at miami beach senior high. students from here and one other school in the new zika zone were encouraged to spray themselves before class tomorrow. melanie fishman is principal of south point elementary. >> we don't want it done at the school site. there are kids that have asthma. >> the miami-dade school district handed out protective clothing long sleeves and pants for students that needed it. pro active efforts taken by the school district impressed carol carp whose son adam is entering high school. >> i commend their efforts. i think it's fantastic. it is when out woo e should do to protect our children and to protect our whole community. >> nearly 3300 kids will be attending school in the 1.5 mile area. where local zika transmission has been confirmed on miami beach. ashy beauregard is six months pregnant, canceled her baby shower, and now worries her home, 15 minutes north of the zika zone may be a vulnerable
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area. >> i just feel like it spread from wynwood to miami beach cases we know of. how many cases we don't know of, it could have spread further already. >> reporter: tomorrow morning, 7,400 students in miami-dade county will go to school inside of a zika zone. there are two of those zones in the county. elaine, the superintendent of schools told us he thought about relocating the students but decided against it. >> david begnaud, miami beach, thank you. more thunderstorms moved through the deep south sunday, hindering the massive clean-up in louisiana. last week's historic floods killed at least 13 people. 60,000 homes were damaged. manuel bojorquez is there. >> at this distribution center national guard troops handed out 400 meals and 7,000 bottles of
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water to flood victims. >> tyler pollard is one of them. >> reporter: there is no water unless you look for it? >> yes, water. water. water. >> reporter: the scope of the disaster is revealed each day. number of damaged homes jumped to 60,000. applications for federal aid, top 100,000. troops are not only providing relief supplies, but also in some cases, comfort. >> i had one lady fallen our arms and cried. she has no words. none were needed. we knew how much she was grateful for the itemers we giving her. >> reporter: troops say as long as they still have supplies to give out, they will be here. as for the week ahead, at least 22 schools will not be able to reopen because of a flood damage. president obama will be here tuesday to see the devastation and offer condolences and support. elaine. >> we'll be right back.
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there were more severe storms sunday from the heart of texas to the northeast. the national forecast now from pamela.gardner of wbz in boston. >> elaine, we are tracking a lot of rain across the eastern half of all the country and gulf coast. flash-flood watches are still in effect around san antonio. portions of texas picked up 6-11 inches of rain. heavy rain is starting to move through the northeast. drought stricken areas, hopefully picking up around one inch of rain accumulation, boston, new york, d.c. through monday afternoon. the cold front moves off the coast here. out to sea. high pressure in control back to the west. the midwest. and cooler temperatures. flowing into the eastern half of the country.
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while in the south the stationary front will be over texas and louisiana. but soon will wash out flooding threat is diminishes. pacific northwest. you had intense heat and temperatures to start the week. >> pamela gardner. thank you. in california. more than 10,000 firefighters spent the weekend trying to put out six large wildfires. an hour east of los angeles, fire officials are assessing the damage from a fire that torched more than 300 buildings include morgue than 100 homes. mireya villarreal is there. >> reporter: outside san bernardino, the blue cut fire, roaring like a runaway train. today, thousands evacuated are anxious to see whether their homes wear among 300 structures destroyed in this fire. in northern california, the clayton fire tore through 4,000 acres and almost 200 homes and including matthew porter's. tending to the u.s. olympic fencing team's equipment in rio when he heard the news. awe calling to see it. knowing it mentally and come and
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see it it kicks in. >> reporter: along the coast, the chimney fire is, threating historic hearst castle in the county. fires near santa barbara and bakersville have burned 36,000 acres. in one week the five fires fueled by hundred degree temperatures, strong wind, and years of drought, destroyed nearly 100,000 acres. >> as long as we have these conditions we are going to see intense fires. >> costa dillon with the park service. >> we used to think santa ana wind season when fires were their greatest danger. now it is all the times. >> reporter: the blue cut fire is now mostly contained. elaine, fire officials tell us it is still too dangerous for people to come back home who live in this area. >> mireya villarreal, thank you. overseas in turkey, isis is blamed for a horrific attack at a wedding. a suicide bomb killed at least 50 people saturday and wounded
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70 others. turkey's president says the bomber was as young as 12 years old. the groom was injured. the bride not hurt. holly williams is in istanbul. >> reporter: less than a day after a wedding party became the scene of a massacre, they buried their dead. gaziantep is 40 miles from the syrian border and isis is the most likely culprit. according to turkey's president. so far, the extremists haven't claimed responsibility. but this explosion comes just weeks after three suspected isis terrorists detonated themselves in istanbul's main airport. leaving nearly 50 dead. it has the been only a month since an attempted military coup saw tanks on city streets. fighter jets flying low overhead and an explosion tear through turkey's parliament building. turkish authorities blamed the failed coup on fethullah gulen, a cleric who lives in
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self-imposed exile in pennsylvania. gulen denies it. the turkish government is demanding his extradition. many turks have now come to believe that the u.s. supported the failed coup. >> reporter: as turkey contends with a spate of violent attacks and political upheaval, next week, vice president joe biden will visit the country to try to repair relations with one of america any most important allies in the fight against isis. elaine. holly williams in istanbul, holly, thank you. >> off after more than two weeks in rio the summer olympics come to a close. team usa heading home with the most medals. ben tracy is covering the games for us in rio. >> reporter: it was a golden night on the court for the u.s. women's basketball team. they dominated spain and kept team usa's 20-year-long winning
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streak alive. as expected, the men's basketball team won its own gold today. knocking off serbia. american shakur stevenson punched his way to silver in bantamweight boxing. >> scores! >> but the only competition that seemed to matter in rio this weekend was soccer. the host country beat germany to win gold. and regain its national pride. after a humiliating loss in the 2014 world cup. now, all that is left is the closing ceremony. four time gold medalist, simone biles will carry the flag for team usa. >> i'm very honored they got to select me. one of my biggest worries, i am afraid the flag is going to be too heavy for me. i am very short the i am a little worried about that part. i think they will guide me through it. >> reporter: biles was selected by fellow teammates and will be the first female gymnast to lead the u.s. team at the closing ceremony. once the olympic torch is out here in rio all the focus will go to 2020 games those will be held in tokyo. elaine.
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>> ben tracy in rio. thank you. coming up next, her mom says this is what happened when she used a popular shampoo.
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the company tells cbs news it is cooperating and its products are safe. we have shared our formulations and ingredients with the fda it says. we exceed the fda requirements for cosmetic manufacturers. and have always been transparent. the fda disagrees saying. the company did not address safety concerns related to hair loss. we do not know if the company has other safe tie data. we do not have the legal authority to require a cosmetics firm to provide product safety information. no authority because under a law that has been in effect since 1938, the fda has limited power to regulate the $62 billion cosmetics industry. >> we are talking baby wipes. toothpaste. deodorant, shampoo. >> a representative with the working group. >> there is no legal requirement a company make sure the product is save. >> how is that possible? >> fda has no legal power to get those. only congress can give them the
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power. >> meanwhile, wen products remain on the shelves. the company says, the truth its that there are many reasons why people suffer from hair loss. but using wen its not one of them. as the for the lawrences, they are now part of a class action lawsuit. jericka duncan, cbs news, washington. >> still ahead, the first flight for the world's longest aircraft. nology. technology... say, have you seen all the amazing technology in geico's mobile app? mobile app? look. electronic id cards, emergency roadside service, i can even submit a claim. wow... yep, geico's mobile app works like a charm. geico. expect great savings and a whole lot more. that's why i bought six of you... for when you stretch out. i want you to stay this bright blue forever...
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the helium filled airlander 10 is 300 feet long. 50 feet longer than the biggest passenger planes. it can spend several days in the air what refuelling. jonathan vigliatti has more on this unusual air ship. >> reporter: the world's longest aircraft spreads its tiny wings and takes to the sky. measuring the width and length of a football field, the "airlander 10" is not conventional. up close, it looks even stranger. >> the flight deck. bring you up here. >> reporter: chief test pilot, david burns at the controls for the "airlander's" maiden flight. look beyond the shape of the hull. which you can say has been the butt of some jokes to appreciate this very modern flying machine. >> there mall flight deck. any pilot would feel at home in
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here. >> reporter: the helium filled "airlander" is frankenstein of technologies, shape and lift benefits of a blimp and combining them with maneuverability of a helicopter and load capacity of a small cargo plane. its creators, hybrid air vehicles claim the aircraft is super efficient. >> essentially the engines are four suvs propel this thing. >> right. >> spokesman chris daniels claims it could be used to drop humanitarian aid into disaster areas. >> land, take off from anywhere. amphibious. land on water. land on lakes. the desert. ice, you name it. >> reporter: but the "airlander" can't compete with planes in terms of speed, tops off at 70 miles an hour. up next, the paralympics are about to begin. we'll meet a member of team usa going for the gold in rio.
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as the summer olympics close tonight in rio, athletes from 176 countries are gearing up for the paralympics which begin in rio over two weeks from now. jamie yuccas has the story of a paralympian inspiring the next generation. >> reporter: wheelchair basketball is fast paced and fierce, with sprints and three point shots. >> just because you have some type of physical limitation or disability. you still can achieve, or even compete, at high level. >> reporter: for 27-year-old brian bell this year is the beginning of a new journey. the alabama native will represent the united states in his first paralympic games. after receiving a pros thetic ben began to play wheelchair
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basketball. >> different sports. basketball. football. track. all the types of things. fell in love with the basketball. >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: now before going for gold in rio. bell took a break from practice. to give back to those who made his childhood dream possible. at shriner's hospitals for children. the organization that helped him 17 years earlier. >> you are welcome. >> hopefully being a fellow shriners child as well. shows them that, life is not over. i want to work with kids with disability or kids without disabilities and coach them. help them get into sports. so they have, you know extra avenue. for something to do when they're younger. >> amanda hogel is recreational therapist. >> adaptive sports is really critical. not just physically. great cardioexercise. helps with strengthening muscles, socially, emotionally for our kids. >> i think it so touch fun. favorite thing to coming to
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shriners. always look forward to doing it. >> britney broke her back in a car accident when she was 10. in addition to occupational therapy. she has been dancing and playing wheelchair basketball to get back on her feet. >> when i saw him it motivated me to do more stuff i can do. there is not very many olympian that have a disability like he does. >> pushing himself while carrying the hope of future generations of parlympian back home. >> thank you for the gift. i will take it to rio. >> jamie yuccas, rio de janeiro. >> that's the overnight news for this monday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back later for the morning news and cbs this morning. for all of us at cbs news, thank you for joining us. good night.
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welcome to the "cbs overnight news." i'm elaine quijano. it's back to school this morning for thousands of students in miami where there are greg concerns about the zika virus. health officials are monitoring two so-called zika zones. in miami beach, five people have apparently been infected by local mosquitoes. the original zika zone is just across biscayne bay. so far, at least 36 people in the area have been infected. the virus can cause severe birth defects. david begnaud has the the latest. >> reporter: this afternoon the florida department of health handed out free bug repellant at miami beach senior high. students from here and one other school in the new zika zone,
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were encouraged to spray themselves before class tomorrow. melanie fishman is prince pam of south point elementary. >> didn't want it done at the school site. >> miami-dade school district handed out clothing. long sleeves and pants for students that needed it. pro active efforts taken by the school district have impressed carol carp, whose adam is entering high school. >> i commend their efforts. think it is fantastic. what we should do to protect our children and community. >> nearly 3,300 kids wilt be attending school in the 1.5 mile area. where local zika transition has been confirmed on miami beach. ashley beauregard is six months pregnant. canceled her baby shower, and worries her home, 15 minutes north of the zika zone may be vulnerable area. >> i feel like it spread from wynwood, miami beach. how much cases we don't know it could have spread further already.
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>> 7,600 students in miami-dade county will go to school in a zika zone. now two zones in the county. elaine the superintendent of schools told us he thought about relocating the students. but decided against it. >> david begnaud, miami beach, florida. thank you. more thunderstorms moved through the deep south, hindering the clean-up. louisiana. last week's historic floods killed 13 people. 60,000 home were damaged. manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: at this distribution center in baton rouge, national guard troops have handed out more than 4,000 meals and 7,000 bottles of watt tire flood victims. >> water is like emptying out the stores with water. >> reporter: there is no watter around unless you look for it. >> yes, water, water, water. >> reporter: the scope of the
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disaster revealed more and more each day. the number of damaged homes jumped to 60,000. applications top 100,000. troops are not only providing relief supplies, but also, in some cases, comfort. the troops say as long as they have supplies they will be here. president obama will be here tuesday to see the devastation and offer condolences and support. eat lane. >> manuel bojor kwuchlt ez, thank you. kelly ann conway and steven bannon are in. paul manafort is out. dean reynolds has the story. >> paul manafort had run the campaign since march 2. steering through the primaries
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and donald trump's eventual nomination. >> the campaign is focused. the campaign is moving forward in a positive way. >> reporter: when the candidates' missteps turned into stumbles and convention bounce fell flat. fingers began pointing at manafort. he hailed the elevation two days ago of kelly ann conway and conservative journalist steve ban nonto top positions with the campaign. but the lineup change appeared to leave manafort as odd man out. he was gone. left to deal with a welter of murky accusations that he was financially involved with american antagonists in the eastern european nation of ukraine. what the candidate's son eric called a distraction. >> i thin mike father didn't want to be distracted by whatever things that paul was dealing with. >> trump released a statement. thanking manafort for helping to get us where we are today. but where they are today is behind. >> donald trump's america is
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secure. terrorists and dangerous criminals kept out. >> reporter: the campaign's first commercials designed to turn things around. trump seemed to recognize the need for a fresh start when he said this. >> sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words. and i do regret it. particularly where it may hve caused personal pain. >> he said this to african-americans. >> you are living in poverty. your schools are no good. you have no jobs. 58% of your youth is unemployed. what the hell do you have to lose? >> and he encouraged african-americans to get on board with the trump campaign. >> the staff changes involve mostly political types that people have really never heard of. but, when you hang out a sign on
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your campaign at this late date that says, under new management, it is almost never a good thing. we sent charlie d'agata to ukraine to look into paul manafort's ties there. many american consultants work for foreign politicians. he worked with a pro russian ukrainian president later overthrown. his name came up in a corruption investigation. one document says, he was due to receive more than $12 million in cash. ma ma manafort denies this. charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: ukrainian law makers revealed more details about what they say are millions of dollars of undisclosed cash payments in paul manafort's name. the items listed in a handwritten ledger that investigators believe was discovered after disgraced president yanokovic was overturned they were made when manafort worked for the leader.
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the biggest entries state, manafort payment or contract. investigators say they kid any off the books payments to be illegal. but it is still unclear if any were actually made. and manafort denied receiving any cash payments. anti-corruption campaigners, says a closer look is warranted. >> he has to be interrogated. under investigation. this is of course, up to american judges. up to the american judicial system. >> manafort left open the possibility payments were made to the u.s. firm or colleagues while his signature does ant peer in the ledger, a former party member, signed nine time for manafort items. a member of a nonprofit company that allegedly funneled over $1 million to a d.c. lobby firm to promote the pro russian agenda.
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with the election just 11 week as way, a new cbs news battleground tracker poll shows hillary clinton now six points ahead of donald trump in ohio. a crucial state for his campaign. in the battleground state of iowa, our poll shows clinton are tied. the only state in recent polling where clinton does not have an outright lead. what does trump need to do to gain traction. republican strategist and cbs news contributor frank luntz spoke to former trump supporters in pennsylvania. >> how many people in the room are supporting donald trump right now? raise your hand. one, two, three, four five, six. how many of at some point, in
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the campaign, at least leaned towards donald trump, raise your hand. almost all of you. so what happened? >> he was my first choice. but just along the way, i guess, i can say he lost me. i don't, i'm not saying there is no chance of turning. but he has become outrageous. i mean, we all have thoughts but, i think he speaks without thinking. >> when he initially began to run, he gave voice to a lot of the frustrations i was feeling about how government is working or more to the point not working. but since then, he has been running as a 12-year-old. and changes his positions every news cycle. you don't know where he stands on the issues. >> i was thinking the last couple weeks he might be second-guessing this. he said yet a week age it's okay if i'm not the president. then he is just, throwing out all these bizarre comments.
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i'm wondering is he, is he serious still about it? >> whenever somebody makes a derogatory comment to himmen a democratic convention, trump feels like he needs to attack that person. and he says things that are crazy. and i keep asking myself, is this the kind of person i want to handle the nuclear codes? >> what's the answer? >> no way. >> the traction that he got was because of the issues he chose to focus on. i think he didn't realize that it was his issues drawing people. his personality sure. everyone knows, donald trump, he is flamboyant. the more he made it about his personality, the less likely that i am to vote for him. seems like everyone else is going in the same direction here. started out as trump. but moved away. now, last couple weeks i have seen a pivot back to, the issues, and that gives me a little bit more hope for him. but, he has yo-yoed. i need to see a little bit more. >> how many of you would consider. still consider voting for him in the fall, raise your hands? if it is a possibility for you?
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more than half of you. what does he have to do? >> he has to get back to, to the issues. and solve the problems. >> he can't solve it? he is running for president. he can't do anything. >> not solve it. he has to give us a plan of what he, some kind of, plan of action of what he would look to do. >> he has done economic plan. done a national security plan. what do you want? >> i want him to talk more about that. and stop attacking people. and acting erratic. >> i'm looking for the things he says that are scripted. teleprompter he makes fun of, he uses. unscripted things. like the debates. see how he reacts under pressure when he has to one-on-one with hillary. >> he is too busy focusing on what he wants to say, and impress people. i think right now we are, i think initially being authentic was great. but now being a little too authentic. giving us too much of himself. pull back a little built. >> didn't you think you have the right to know who he really is? >> yes, you do have the right to know that. but, no one gives you 100% of themselves. especially at this stage. >> don't you want 100%.
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>> i want his best foot forward. it's a job interview. this is not how you would behave when you are going to a job interview. by throwing tantrums and calling the interviewer names. or the other, or the other applicants. >> how can you have such a negative impression of him and still consider casting your ballot for him? explain it. >> because of the alternative. >> because the other candidate is unfavorable in my estimation. and i don't have another choice. and i don't want to give of my vote. because i think that would be worse not to vote. >> now to the point where the showmanship is over. we want to see policy details. see that you have a staff. you will have a cabinet. those are important choices. because, president is not by himself. the president is led by a lot of good advisers. i haven't seen any good advisers yet. >> the party is, doesn't want him to be nominate the. >> the republicans are against
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him? >> yes, his own party is not, totally supporting him. >> why do you think that is? >> because of his outrageousness. i think they find it embarrassing. >> do you? >> at times, yes. because the it is hard to comprehend. for me, it's hard to understand also, like with all of this going on, and all of the negative feedback, why his team isn't reeling him in or explaining to him the damage that he is doing. finish® jet-dry. for drier, shinier dishes. this pimple's gonna aw com'on.ver. clearasil ultra works fast
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with a win over serbia. american scored a bronze in the marathon. another finished eight minutes back. he stumbled as he approached the finish line. and a couple pushups. despite his disappointing performance in rio, kleflezghi is an american success story. >> reporter: to watch meb kleflezghi train is to watch perfection. every stride is like an artist's brush stroke. it's no surprise he is a hero to runners. for most he needs no introduction. >> he is an inspiration to, to everybody. >> we kind of think of him as the ambassador for the sport. >> he is a quiet celebrity. shy in a way. who this morning is taking his talent and his grace to the world stage in rio. >> for me it is just another race. and go out there. and do what i do best.
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>> reporter: this is meb's fourth olympics. he won silver in athens in 2004. but rio is different. meb who emigrated from eritrea at age 12 is now 41. making him the oldest american olympic marathoner in history. >> do you feel older? you certainly don't look like you are 41. god knows you don't run like you are 41. >> i definitely feel the age. but once the gun goes off. i try not to be concerned who is that 23-year-old or 25-year-old. i am there to compete get the best out of myself. try to beat people as much as i can. >> we found him high in the mountains of mammoth lakes, california. he comes up to the thin air before every big race to push his body hard at altitude. >> how many miles a week are you doing up here? >> probably doing 100, 110. another eight hours of elliptical ride. >> jeez. >> reporter: he literally wrote
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the book on training. >> it is a 24 hour job. when you are resting. when you are eating. when you are recovering. when you are training. cross training. all those things, are, are taking a toll on your body. your mind never shuts down. unless you are asleep. >> let's go. let's go. >> reporter: meb calls san diego home. lives there with his wife and three young girls. he walks them to school almost every day. about a mile each way. >> good morning, how are you guys? >> his study is leaned with honors, magazine covers. pictures at the white house. >> at dinner. at this table. >> of course a fist of medals. >> meb figures he has run over 100,000 miles in his long career. that's four laps around the globe. and counting. >> on my fifth lap, so. >> it is all a long way from his desperate beginnings in the nation of eritrea. grew up one of ten children in a
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war torn village without electricity, or running water, and very lit to eat. >> i just remember eating dirt. for food. because, you know, tells you to look for something. survival instinct i guess. just dig deep on the ground. and, until you feel little moisture. then just eat it. swallow it. basically that's food. but, you know, whatever you needed to do to survive. >> that's my dad. >> reporter: with the help of the red cross, meb's father managed to get the family to safety. first to italy and then san diego as refugees. >> october 21, 1987. >> remember the date? >> remember the date we first came to the united states. like a birthday or independence day. >> meb's family crammed into this small apartment surviving largely on food stamps. his father cleaned floors and drove taxis and helped them all learn english. >> used to wake up at 4. 4:30 a.m. >> 4:30 in the morning. >> 4:30 in the morning. and we learned the dictionary,
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word by word. and that's how we tried to learning enlirk. >> reporter: all nine of meb's siblings went on to get college degrees, despite feeling like outsiders at first. >> we had different clothes. afro. everybody was making fun of us. tough position to be in as a kid. >> reporter: he never heard of running as a sport. he never heard of the olympics. until his 7th grade pe teacher, dick lord changed all that. >> give me a hug. got to have a hug from my favorite student. good to see you. >> like wise. >> back in 1988. lord asked his class to run a mile around this playground fast as they could. meb was lightning fast. he ran it in 5.20. blowing everyone else away. lord was stunned. >> meb had something special. had it in his heart. he wasn't very big. tell you he had the drive. >> reporter: he went on to get a scholarship at ucla winning four ncaa titles. soon as he graduated he got u.s. citizenship.
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over the decade he wracked up an impressive career including a brilliant win at the biggest marathon in the world, new york city. in 2009. >> for the first time since 1982 an american has won the new york city marathon. >> that's when meb's patriotism came into question. >> somebody said that i was not american enough because i wasn't born here. because the color of my skin. because i was born in africa. is that what it is? how come some others donlt have to dead where they were born? and because they are caucasian. and it's hard. you know you get that feeling you kind of punch me below the belt. >> his last, they must be killers. >> reporter: the pain lingered until he ran what he considers
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the race of his life. the boston marathon in 2014. the year after that deadly terrorist attack. >> his name is member -- kleflezghi. >> kleflezghi will win it in 2014. >> and meb did. >> unbelievable! >> the american dream is right here. meb kleflezghi wins the boston marathon. >> he made the front page of almost every newspaper in the country. as the first american to win the legendary race in 31 years. suddenly instead of questioning his patriotism, meb's patriotism was all that mattered. >> winning the boston marathon is the most meaningful victory in my life. most bostoners don't say congratulations. they say thank you. >> reporter: this morning, as he represents the u.s. in rio he knows this will be his last olympic marathon. but no matter what happens on the course today, member kleflezghi has left his immigrant, an athlete, an most of all an inspiration. >> never give of on your dreams. some might come early.
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some may come at 40, 41.
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finally this morning, a woman who wanted to teach about the past ended up clashing with the present. steve hartman met her on the road. >> reporter: in missouri, an old cliche runs through the center of town. here the railroad tracks still separates the mostly black part of the town from the mostly white. on the black side a white woman built this a slave cabin with cotton crop. it has not gone over well. >> no, i don't like it. >> just brings back thoughts of injustice. >> that's like building a concentration camp in an all jewish neighborhood. >> you have to wonder why any one would build such a thing. then again, with so much racial tension in america, who might
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want to step inside before you judge. >> we need to come together. >> this 85-year-old built the slave cabin on the same property where she erected a black history library the. >> we have hey whole collection of books. she's can all be checked out. >> reporter: she opened the library in 2013. partly to start a conversation about race in her community. >> reporter: all your money to do this? >> yes. >> reporter: she spent $150,000 on it. yet almost no one cared or came. >> the library was going nowhere. >> you tried to think of a way to bring more people in. >> to talk. >> reporter: build it they will come. >> you have got to walk through your history. you just can't step over it and pretend it is not there. >> reporter: which brings us back to the cabin. marge, retired psychologist, really thought the community needed and would flock to this piece of the past. and she does get more visitors
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now. they're just not always the kind of encounters she was hoping for. >> so i would rather have something that is more uplifting than a slave shack. >> this is preston poindexter. preston had nothing good to say about the building. as he vented he did find something to admire in the architect. >> i understand where you was coming from. you came with a good heart. >> whenever the subject is race in america, we are often quick to judge. we're often better at outrage than understanding. but here in the this town, in this moment, marge harlan and preston poindexter showed us a motive still trumps a misstep. >> can i give you a hug? >> yes, ma'am. >> and a hug is still the best place to start.
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